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New report identifies that hundreds of millions of pounds could be saved by tackling malnutrition

The National Institure for Health Research (NIHR) Southampton Biomedial Research Centre (BRC) and the British Association of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) have published a new report focusing on the cost of disease-related malutrition in England. The report includes a budget impact analysis of implementing the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines/quality standard on nutritional support in adults, and concludes that savings of between £172 and £229 million per annum can be achieved through full implementation of the high quality pathways of nutritional care recommended by NICE for various groups of malnourished patients.

"We recognise that there is some cost attached to more screening, more care plans and more nutritional support" says Professor Marinos Elia, lead author of the report, "but these interventions will ultimately produce a net saving even after intial costs are considered." For further information see the BAPEN website.

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